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Friday, May 6, 2011

How to Stay Unhappy!

"Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery." - Anne Frank
By Patrick Driessen
It's one of the fundamental goals of most human beings: becoming and staying happy. Happiness is a feeling, a state of mind; it's something you create in your own brain.

Over the years I've watched various friends search tirelessly for happiness by changing jobs, moving to new cities, pursuing intimate relationships, buying fancy cars and/or expensive boats, and tweaking all sorts of other external factors in their lives. And guess what? They are still unhappy! Because they spend all of their time, energy and money adding positive externals to their lives when their internals are still in the negatives...

So with that in mind, here are 80+ ways to stay unhappy forever! Of course, I would highly recommend you read each bullet point and then move swiftly in the opposite direction...

  1. Dwell on things that happened in the past.
  2. Obsess yourself with all the things that might happen in the future.
  3. Complain about problems instead of taking the necessary steps to resolve them.
  4. Fear change and resist it.
  5. Work hard, do your best and then condemn yourself for not achieving perfection.
  6. Belittle yourself.
  7. Hang out with other people who belittle you.
  8. Try to control everything and then worry about the things you can't control.
  9. Lie to yourself and those around you.
  10. Keep doing the same thing over and over again.
  11. Be lazy and follow the path of least resistance.
  12. Hold onto anger. Never forgive anyone.
  13. Always be right. Never let anyone else be more right than you.
  14. Compare yourself unfavorably to those who you feel are more successful.
  15. Let small issues snowball into big problems.
  16. Never learn anything new.
  17. Never take responsibility for your own actions.
  18. Blame everyone around you.
  19. Don't ask for directions and don't ask questions.
  20. Don't let anyone help you.
  21. Quit when the going gets tough.
  22. Be suspicious. Trust no one.
  23. Don't smile whenever you can.
  24. Get four hours of sleep every night and convince yourself that it's enough.
  25. Never throw anything way. Even if you don't use it, hold onto it.
  26. Say "yes" to everyone. Fill all your time with commitments.
  27. Try to be everyone's friend.
  28. Multitask, multitask, multitask! Do everything at once.
  29. Never spend any time alone.
  30. Don't help others unless you have to. Do only the things that benefit you directly.
  31. Never spend your precious time on teaching other people something new.
  32. Hang out with people who complain about everything.
  33. Focus on what you don't want to happen.
  34. Do not build valuable relationships with friends and family.
  35. Fear the things you don't fully understand.
  36. Always seek external validation before you consider yourself good enough.
  37. Take everything and everyone in life seriously.
  38. Spend your life working in a career field you aren't passionate about.
  39. Focus on the problems.
  40. Think about all the things you don't have.
  41. Never show your appreciation for somebody or something.
  42. Read or watch lots of depressing news from broadcast media.
  43. Set lofty goals for yourself and never do anything to achieve them.
  44. Never exercise.
  45. Only eat junk food and fried food.
  46. Never check-up on your health.
  47. Setup your lifestyle so it revolves around money.
  48. Spend more than you earn and rack up lots of financial debt.
  49. Don't say what you mean. Don't mean what you say.
  50. Frown.
  51. Never tell anyone how you feel or what you're thinking.
  52. Make sure everything you do impresses someone else.
  53. Always put your own needs on the back burner.
  54. Get involved in other people problems and make them your own.
  55. Make others feel bad about themselves.
  56. Never waste your energy on coaching or mentoring somebody else.
  57. Keep all the financial assets you have to yourself and never give anything away.
  58. Watch TV for several hours every day.
  59. Gamble often.
  60. Stay in the same place. Don't travel.
  61. Don't play, just work.
  62. Let your hobbies go.
  63. Let your close relationships go.
  64. Never finish what you start.
  65. Take everything personally.
  66. Do lots of drugs. Drink lots of alcohol.
  67. Never say, "I'm sorry." Never say, "I love you."
  68. Don't work hard at anything.
  69. Put money high on your list.
  70. Always wait until the last minute.
  71. Believe that, no matter what, you are entitled to things.
  72. Let others make decisions for you.
  73. Never read an inspiring book about self-development.
  74. Remember the insults. Forget the compliments.
  75. Let it all bottle up inside.
  76. Always compare yourself to others.
  77. Rely on others for everything.
  78. Fail to plan.
  79. Don't dream.
  80. Don't think about the future at all.
  81. Always disregard other people's opinions and suggestions.
  82. Make promises you can't keep.
  83. Don't decide on anything, ever.
  84. Just keep going and going and going. And never ever stop!

And now that you know what NOT to do, let me tell you a little secret about happiness. Nobody is happy all of the time! It's perfectly normal to experience considerable fluctuations in your level of happiness from day to day, month to month, and even year to year.

In fact, according to a German/American scientific study, overall levels of happiness decline from one's teens until one's 40s and then pick up again until they peak in one's early 70s. So the chances are that your happiest days are yet to come. Hopefully that gives you something to smile about.

Do you need more eye-openers about happiness? On this blog I've published articles to increase the awareness and understanding about happiness, give you useful tips on how to increase your own happiness and even on why and how to smile. Most of these happiness tips are based on my own experience and insights. I can assure you they have a positive impact on your state of mind, thus enabling you to increase your level of happiness.

"The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does." - James M. Barrie
Success and enjoy creating a higher level of happiness for oneself!

Warm regards from a sunny Amsterdam,


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